Spring Break activities that won't break the bank

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Mala Blomquist from Raising Arizona Kids Magazine shares the following suggestions for free or inexpensive activities to keep the kids busy over spring break.

Pottery Pals (Mon Mar 14). Ages 5 & up. Create masterpieces on their own. Today: I Love Ewe lamb. 4-5pm. $20 paid in advance (includes pottery). As You Wish (five locations). asyouwishpottery.com.

Beginning Technique Class (Wed Mar 16). Ages 12 & up. Learn new painting skills as you create a black, white and red teapot. 6:30-8:30pm. $15 plus pottery. As You Wish (five locations). asyouwishpottery.com.

Fuzzy Bugs and Scaly Wings
(Wed Mar 16). Ages 6-10. Explore butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Tour the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion. Noon-3pm. $18 ($15 members). Preregister. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N Galvin Pkwy. 480-941-1225 or dbg.org.

Patterns, Colors, Petals (Wed Mar 16). Ages 6-10. Explore the world of wildflowers and their pollinators. 8:30-11:30am. $18 ($15 members). Preregister. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N Galvin Pkwy. 480-941-1225 or dbg.org.

Erin Go Green (Thur Mar 17). All ages. Celebrate St Patrick's Day the eco-friendly way. 9-10am. Free. Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E Chandler Heights Rd, Chandler. 480-782-2890 or chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis.

"Find Me Green Lucky Charms" Scavenger Hunt & Craft Activities
(Thur Mar 17). All ages. Pick up a treasure map and hunt for green lucky charms along the Goldmine Trail (roughly 1-mile). St. Patrick's Day crafts after the hunt. 2-5pm. $6/vehicle. San Tan Mountain Regional Park, 6533 W Phillips Rd, Queen Creek. 480-655-5554 x202 or maricopa.gov/parks.

Festival of the West
(Thur-Sun Mar 17-20). All ages. Western film celebrities, gunfighters, buggy rides, petting zoo, four stages of entertainment and more. 10am-7pm. $14 adults, $12 seniors, $4 ages 5-12, ages 4 & under free. WestWorld, 16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale. 602-996-4387 or festivalofthewest.com.

(Fri-Sun Mar 18-20). All ages. Activities, multi-cultural entertainment, art and food from Phoenix's sister cities located around the world. 11am-10pm. Free. Heritage & Science Park, 115 N 6th St. phoenixsistercities.org.

Cabela's Kids Kamp
(Mon Mar 21). Ages 9-14. Outdoor-related activities. Tonight: knots for all applications. 7-7:45pm. Free. Cabela's, 9380 W Glendale Ave, Glendale. 623-872-6719 or cabelas.com/glendale.

Wildlife Safari (Wed Mar 23). All ages. See the secret places when wild animals hide this time of year. 9:30am. $6/per vehicle. Usery Mountain Regional Park, 3939 N Usery Pass Rd, Mesa. 480-984-0032 or maricopa.gov/parks.

Native Trails
(Thur Mar 24). All ages. Music, dance, art and traditional Native American foods. Noon-1:30pm. Free. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (outdoors), 7380 E 2nd St, Scottsdale. 480-421-1004 or scottsdalenativetrails.com.

Spring Break at the Museum
(Mar 13-19). Ages 5 & up. Plays and storytelling including "Unstoppable Me" performed by Cookie Company. 2pm. Free. Tempe History Museum, 809 E Southern Ave, Tempe. 480-350-5100 or tempe.gov/museum.

Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts
(Fri-Sun Mar 25-27). All ages. More than 400 fine artists, live entertainment, street performers, Kids Innovation Station, food and beverage vendors. 10am-dusk. Free. Mill Ave, Tempe. 602-997-2581 or tempefestivalofthearts.com.

Astronomy Open House
(Fri Mar 25). All ages. Demonstrations and presentations about astronomy and planetary exploration. 8-10pm. Free. Arizona State University, Bateman Physical Sciences Wing, Bldg H, McAllister Ave & University Dr, Tempe. astopenhouse.com.